About the Temple
Dhekiakhowa Bornamghor is located in Jorhat district of Assam. It was established in 1461 by a reformer and a sage named Madhavdeva. Dhekiakhowa Bornamghor is located at Dhekiakhowa village, 15 km towards the east of Jorhat town. It is also known as Bornamghar because of its historical importance and large campus. The Namghar is spread over 13 acres of land. The Namghar is looked after by a managing committee with donations from devotees. Besides the maintenance of the Namghar, the committee sponsors various social and cultural activities.
There is an interesting tale behind the name of Dhekiakhowa Namghar. Once, sage Madhavdeva came to a small and poor village. He took shelter in the hut of an old woman. She offered him rice with Dhekia Saak(Local veggie). Madhavdeva was very pleased by her hospitality. He started a Namghar and gave the responsibility of kindling the earthen lamp to the old woman. Hence, the Namghar was known as Dhekia-Khowa Nnamghar. Madhavdeva then assembled all the villagers at the old couple’s hut and poured oil on a peel of an Elephant Apple (Outenga) and lit a lamp, he also requested the villagers never to put out the lamp and this lamp can be still seen burning in the Bornamghor. A Few years later after the old woman passed away, the villagers constructed the Namghar on the exact spot where the hut stood. They initially named it as the Burha Namghor, in memory of the old woman, but in due course, the Burha Namghor got converted to Dhekiakhowa Bornamghor.
There are many stories linked with BorNamghar. The main pillar of the Namghar is constructed out of a Sal tree. One night a monk saw (in his dream) the river "Dhekiakhowa Jaam" near the Bor Namghar flowing in the opposite direction and is carrying a Sal tree meant to be for the construction of the Bornamghar. Next day when people actually saw that Sal tree near the riverbed, they made the main pillars of the Bor Namghar from the Sal tree.
Festivals and Celebrations
Devotees gather in the Namghar especially during the Death Anniversaries of both the gurus Srimanta Sankardeva and Madhavdeva. Apart from this, a month-long festival of Paal Naam and Bhawona Utsav is also celebrated at Namghar.
How To Reach
By Road: The place is 3.5 km away from National Highway 37. Buses, cabs, taxis are easily available to access the temple.
By Train: The closest railway station is Mariani railway station which is 19 km away from Dhekiakhowa Barnamghar.
By Air: The nearest airport is Chabua air force base airport which is 18 km away.